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Annual Survey Highlights the Cost of Supply Chain Disruptions

Annual Survey Highlights the Cost of Supply Chain Disruptions | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
High levels of supply chain disruption are being reported. The Risk Exposure Index method can help.
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The Philippines' Tacloban, Ormoc ports resume partial operations

The Philippines' Tacloban, Ormoc ports resume partial operations | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
(UPDATED 8:16 p.m.) State-run Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) on Thursday said the ports of Tacloban and Ormoc resumed limited operations both for commercial and relief missions as more vessel operators responded to the government's call for help...
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Lack of Costa Rican customs staff blocking truck transport

Lack of Costa Rican customs staff blocking truck transport | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
COSTA RICAN customs offices do not have enough staff to handle the flow of cargo from Panama to the rest of Central America. While on the Panamanian side there are about 25 people to process
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Air China Cargo cuts over to the Unisys logistics management system based on hosted service from TravelSky

Air China Cargo cuts over to the Unisys logistics management system based on hosted service from TravelSky | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
Successful transition for China’s flagship airline, completed in just six months, opens benefits of Unisys cargo management solutions to new carriers and forwarders.
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DHL sets up hub at Johor, Malaysia's Port of Tanjong Pelepas

DHL sets up hub at Johor, Malaysia's Port of Tanjong Pelepas | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 13, 2013): DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist, has unveiled its new hub facility at the Port of Tanjong Pelepas (PTP) in Johor.
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Third Point acquires stake in FedEx - Los Angeles Times

Third Point acquires stake in FedEx - Los Angeles Times | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
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Third Point acquires stake in FedEx
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Activist funds generally acquire equity stakes in companies and try to force corporate management and boards to make changes that boost share prices and investors' returns.
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Cargo forwarder, Saudi partner blacklisted for undelivered 'balikbayan' boxes - InterAksyon

Cargo forwarder, Saudi partner blacklisted for undelivered 'balikbayan' boxes - InterAksyon | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
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Cargo forwarder, Saudi partner blacklisted for undelivered 'balikbayan' boxes
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MANILA - The government has blacklisted a local cargo forwarder and its Saudi Arabian principal for undelivered 'balikbayan' boxes.
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Global Supply Chain Insights: YRC Worldwide seeking more concessions to avoid bankruptcy

Global Supply Chain Insights: YRC Worldwide seeking more concessions to avoid bankruptcy | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
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Park-Ohio Holdings buys two supply chain management providers in the UK - Crain's Cleveland Business

Park-Ohio Holdings buys two supply chain management providers in the UK - Crain's Cleveland Business | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
Park-Ohio Holdings buys two supply chain management providers in the UK Crain's Cleveland Business The diversified manufacturer and provider of supply chain management services said it has acquired for an undisclosed price Henry Halstead Ltd., a...
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Mobile tech taking hold across the supply chain - DC Velocity

Mobile tech taking hold across the supply chain - DC Velocity | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
Mobile tech taking hold across the supply chain
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The executives described those visions during a panel at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' (CSCMP) annual conference in October.
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Indonesia's businesses urge govt to cut logistics costs

Businesses urge govt to cut logistics costs Jakarta Post Businesses are urging the Indonesian government to take measures to reduce logistics costs in a bid to increase the country's competitiveness ahead of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in...
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Shenzhen taking no chances on Hong Kong lead

Shenzhen taking no chances on Hong Kong lead | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
With cross-border rival edging out the city in port business, Da Chan Bay aims to cement status with terminal expansion
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Oman's Salalah Free Zone eyeing $15bn investment by 2028

Oman's Salalah Free Zone eyeing $15bn investment by 2028 | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
SFZ currently has an aggregate investment of $3.6 billion.
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Putin lobbies for ‘Iron Silk Road’ via N. Korea, hopes political problems solved shortly

Putin lobbies for ‘Iron Silk Road’ via N. Korea, hopes political problems solved shortly | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
Russia’s President has pushed for an "Iron Silk Road", a trading route to link South and North Korea with Europe, as he visited Seoul. Mr Putin expressed hope that political disputes, one of the main stumbling blocks, will be solved.
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UPS staff at London depot vote for strike action | Motor Transport

UPS staff at London depot vote for strike action | Motor Transport | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
Unite members at UPS's London depot in Camden have voted for strike action, something the union claims could severely disrupt the operator’s Christmas deliveries within the capital.
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Pakistan Goods transporters strike: Export goods worth around $300mn stockpiled

Pakistan Goods transporters strike: Export goods worth around $300mn stockpiled | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
ANWAR KHANKARACHI: Thousands of containers laden with export goods worth around $ 300 million have stockpiled at dry ports and industrial units in the wake of continuing transporters strike, exporter
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Manufacturing in Africa and the Kits made in Kenya | East & Horn Africa

Manufacturing in Africa and the Kits made in Kenya | East & Horn Africa | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
A Nairobi tarpaulin manufacturer has a plan to help local companies win aid contracts that usually go to Asia.
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Danzas breaks ground on air freight & chemical facilities at Dubai World Central's Logistics District - Zawya

Danzas breaks ground on air freight & chemical facilities at Dubai World Central's Logistics District - Zawya | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
UAE, November 13, 2013 Dubai World Central (DWC), the world's first purpose-built aerotropolis, has announced that Danzas AEI Emirates LLC, a joint venture between the Al Tayer Group and DHL Global Forwarding, has broken ground for its two new...
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Will China’s New Shipping Route “Change the Face of World Trade?” - Sourcing Journal Online

Will China’s New Shipping Route “Change the Face of World Trade?” - Sourcing Journal Online | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
In what may turn out to be an historically significant voyage, Yong Sheng, a 19,000 ton cargo ship, is scheduled to take a new Arctic route through the Bering Strait later this month.....
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Port of Portland director: Speed up longshore work or lose Hanjin cargo ships - OregonLive.com

Port of Portland director: Speed up longshore work or lose Hanjin cargo ships - OregonLive.com | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
Port of Portland director: Speed up longshore work or lose Hanjin cargo ships
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Ltd. managers: Speed up work on the docks, or say goodbye to our cargo vessels.
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Global Supply Chain Insights: The Philippines struggle towards recovery

Global Supply Chain Insights: The Philippines struggle towards recovery | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
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Scientists take "4D printing" a step further

Scientists take "4D printing" a step further | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it

Using a 3D printer, people can already determine the length, width and depth of an object that they create. Thanks to research being conducted at the University of Colorado, Boulder, however, a fourth dimension can now be included – time. And no, we're not talking about how long it takes to 3D-print an item. Instead, it's now possible to print objects that change their shape at a given time.

 

The scientists, led by Prof. H. Jerry Qi, have developed a "4D printing" process in which shape-memory polymer fibers are deposited in key areas of a composite material item as it's being printed. By carefully controlling factors such as the location and orientation of the fibers, those areas of the item will fold, stretch, curl or twist in a predictable fashion when exposed to a stimulus such as water, heat or mechanical pressure.

 

The concept was proposed earlier this year by MIT's Skylar Tibbits, who used his own 4D printing process to create a variety of small self-assembling objects. "We advanced this concept by creating composite materials that can morph into several different, complicated shapes based on a different physical mechanism,” said Martin L. Dunn of the Singapore University of Technology and Design, who collaborated with Qi on the latest research.

 

This means that one 4D-printed object could change shape in different ways, depending on the type of stimulus to which it was exposed. That functionality could make it possible (for example) to print a photovoltaic panel in a flat shape, expose it to water to cause it to fold up for shipping, and then expose it to heat to make it fold out to yet another shape that's optimal for catching sunlight.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald, Benoit Mayer, Supply Chain Council
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Samantha Hogan's curator insight, November 8, 2013 2:44 AM

Wow! Interested to see what the next step will be in 3D printing!

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, November 8, 2013 7:53 PM

This 4D printing is reminding me of Star Trek's replicator...is food next?

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Holiday goods stream into the ports

Holiday goods stream into the ports | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
Holiday goods stream into the ports [The Orange County Register] Businessweek That's because the huge volume of imported containers handled by the supply chain of shippers, truckers, railroads and others through the ports of Long Beach and Los...
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Is Arctic shipping Russia’s answer to the Suez Canal?

Is Arctic shipping Russia’s answer to the Suez Canal? | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
With the world's only fleet of nuclear icebreakers Russia is eyeing arctic shipping opportunities.
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DHL Announces New Investments in Infrastructure in West Africa

DHL Announces New Investments in Infrastructure in West Africa | Global Logistics Trends and News | Scoop.it
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